Hamburg Boat Show sails out into the colorful world of water sports

Technical information and hands-on offerings attract water sports fans and beginners

Hamburg Boat Show sails out into the colorful world of water sports

Hamburg – The second edition of the Hamburg Boat Show from October 23 to 27, 2019, at the Hamburg Fair Grounds promises experiences with water sports and fresh themes. From motorboats and sailing yachts to kiteboards and SUP boards, and with approximately 300 exhibitors – at the Hamburg Boat Show, visitors will find everything a water sports fan could want when it comes to information and options for shopping. “As an important boat show for the north, this year the Hamburg Boat Show once again leaves nothing to be desired and is further expanding its offerings and expertise," explains Torsten Conradi, president of the German Boat and Shipbuilders Association (DBSV), which organizes the show. In addition to a large variety of brands and boats, an extensive program of lectures will ensure technical depth. The new Diving Center as well as the SUP pool will invite visitors to test equipment in the cool water.

“For the second edition, we have once again expanded the concept for the trade fair. The topic of diving has been included in the program, and we are expanding the promotion of young fans and are organizing the first open SUP headstand championships in Hamburg. There will also be more opportunities for hands-on experiences at the booths in the halls, for example with a motorboat simulator or a sailing experience with virtual reality glasses," explain Dirk Kreidenweiß and Lars Jansen from Messe Friedrichshafen, who – together with their colleagues – are responsible for the show’s operational business.

Whether on the promenade jetty or at trade fair booths – numerous motor boats and sailing boats will be shown off in halls B6 and B7. The motor boat area will offer a particularly extensive range in all sizes and shapes. From anchors and boat electronics to the right rope – anyone looking for boat accessories will find what they are looking for in hall B5. Typical for the Hanseatic city: Sailmakers in particular will be represented at the fair with a wide range of brands, materials and uses. Hall B7 will attract visitors with special offers. Here, the SUP test pool and the Diving Center will make water sports tangible, and exhibitors will offer boards and equipment for board and trend sports such as kiting, wakeboarding and stand-up paddling.

Action Days: getting young people excited about water sports

If young people get excited about water sports at an early age, it stays with them for life. With this in mind, the Hamburg Boat Show is increasingly focusing on encouraging young fans. With its Action Days, the Boat Show is offering a program in which young people between the ages of 12 and 16 can try out various water sports. Whether it’s trial diving in the Diving Center, stand-up paddling in the test pool, virtual sailing, driving a racing boat simulator or getting some first experience with a rubber dinghy – various stations will pass on the fun of water sports. Anyone who is interested will receive a card at the entrance to be stamped that includes a map of these activities. Cards that have been filled out will be used for a raffle, with prizes including fantastic water sports equipment.

Let yourself sink in at the new Diving Center

Beneath the waves, the world is weightless, slower and silent. The new diving tower in hall B7, as well as the DLRG Landesverband Hamburg e.V., the German Armed Forces and the Atlantis Hamburg diving sports shop, will entice visitors to sink in and relax. Whether it’s with diving demonstrations or test diving in the Diving Center’s 20-foot container – beginners and professionals will find a wealth of information and opportunities for hands-on participation in all aspects of water sports.

Three stages present extensive technical knowledge for boat owners

Three stages providing first-hand technical information as well as tips and tricks for boat owners will guarantee aha-experiences and unforgettable memories. Everything in hall B5 in the "Refit for you" forum revolves around boat care, restoration and upgrading. For those who like to spend their vacation on the water and under sail, the Sailing and Travel Info Center in hall B6 will offer first-hand accounts, recommendations and trending themes for boats and travel. The forum "Know-how for you" in hall B7 deals with practical problems in boating. Whether the topic is navigation, meteorology, fire protection, safety or food and life on board - with a focus on practical issues, the lectures will make it possible to optimize almost every area of boating.

Building a Viking boat gets young people going

In hall B5, a unique water sports vessel will be built: Trainees in boat and ship building will build a Viking boat over the five days of the fair. Unlike the ship on which it is modeled, however, the nine-meter long replica of the Norwegian Gokstad find will be made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic using the latest boat-building technology. The Viking boat is part of the youth project Euro-Viking organized by Burkhard Pieske, who is known for sailing around the world, in which young people from all European countries follow historical Viking routes as they sail and row from camp to camp with functional replicas.

Hamburg Boat Show Campus: in-depth technical information

The Hamburg Boat Show will bring top-class, unique workshops and seminars to the Elbe. At the Hamburg Boat Show Campus, visitors will find a wealth of information: Whether it’s in the Baltic Sea seminar, a refresher seminar for VHF radio or radar and plotter courses – the water sports professionals Sönke Roever and Peter G. Boot (a former member of the Royal Navy) and many other experts will share their practical knowledge with small groups of participants. The whole program and registration can be found at

Hamburg Board Show – It’s all about boards and records

Boards of all kinds for water sports and anything else their fans might need can be found at the Hamburg Board Show in hall B7. Kites, SUPs, surfboards, wakeboards, paddles, clothing, accessories and much more are available in the trend sports area. The product range will be complemented by a relaxation area with bar and a 10 x 20-meter water basin where boards can be tested. The SUP test pool will offer training possibilities for the boards as well as the first open SUP headstand championships in Hamburg.

The SUP Team Challenge – from the Hamburg Boat Show straight to the Caribbean

The team that paddles the fastest and can best control their boat will fly to the Caribbean. At the SUP Team Challenge on Sunday, October 27, teams of two will compete in the SUP test pool to qualify for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) SUP Challenge powered by the Moorings. In June 2020, the winners from Hamburg will find themselves island hopping with their boards as they spend a week sailing across the British Virgin Islands. Registration and more information can be found on the website.

Sailing off to distant locations with charter and passage planning

Charter and passage planning is just the ticket for anyone looking to find independent insider tips for their individual vacation on the water. The experienced travel and sailing journalists Michael Amme and Jürgen Strassburger will be sharing the expertise they have built up over years, offering both experienced charter travelers and newcomers fitting vacation suggestions and useful practical tips for various regions of water sports. Whether it’s the Balearic Islands, Greece, the Côte d'Azur, Croatia, Turkey or the Cape Verde Islands – these experts know the insider tips and are happy to pass them on to visitors. Reservations for the free planning sessions can be made at

Maritime art – having the ocean indoors and your home on the seas

Whether it’s abstract or representational, a sculpture or a picture, in oil or charcoal, photographed or painted – anyone who loves water and wants to decorate their own four walls with a work of art is guaranteed to find what they are looking for at the Hamburg Boat Show. In hall B6, artists and artisans will be showing just how inspiring water can be and how best to present it at home, whether on land or on the water.

Dock 6 - Where the water sports community meets

The water sports community will find a safe haven in the Lounge Dock 6: the meeting place for all active water sports fans from the German Sailing Association (DSV), clubs and class associations, and the German Motor Yacht Association (DMYV) in hall B6 will offer space to exchange ideas with like-minded people in a cozy atmosphere.

Opening hours, prices and organizers

The Hamburg Boat Show will be moored at the Hamburg Fair Grounds from Wednesday, October 23 to Sunday, October 27, 2019. The event is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Friday until 8 p.m. A day ticket costs 11 euros online and 14 euros at the show. Tickets for children from 6 to 16 years old cost 6 euros. A family ticket is available online for 26 euros, and at the box office for 29 euros. This year, a new option is the Sunset-Ticket for 6 euros, valid daily from 4 p.m. onward.

The Hamburg Boat Show is organized by the Service GmbH of the German Boat and Shipbuilder Association (DBSV) and is the only water sports fair in Germany operated by an industry association. This water sports fair organized the industry for the industry is made possible through the cooperation of the DBSV, Messe Friedrichshafen and the Hamburg Messe und Congress.

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